Story: Whakairo – Māori carving

Serpentine style

Serpentine style

This epa (wall panel) is probably from the front or back of the wall of a pātaka (storehouse) from Taranaki. This carving reflects elements of the 'serpentine' (tuare) style of carving in which figures have cone-like heads and long, sinouous bodies. In particular, this carving demonstrates the unique shape of the forehead which is said to be peaked in homage to Mt Taranaki.

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Puke Ariki - Taranaki Museum & Library
Reference: A77.330
Carving by Te Tuiti-Moeroa

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How to cite this page:

Brett Graham, 'Whakairo – Māori carving - Carving, 1500 to 1800', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

Story by Brett Graham, published 22 Oct 2014